New Faces at Fide Fashion Week

New Faces at Fide Fashion Week

It has barely been two weeks since The New Paper New Face 2013 finals.

But six of the finalists were back on the fashion runway.

And not just any runway.

On Sunday, New Face finalists Tan Ying Yi, 17; Clarissa Teo, 20; Alina Ang, 21; Ong Qian Ni, 19; Karyn Tay, 17 and Amelia Wong, 20, strutted their stuff as part of the Fide Fashion Week at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre.

The fashion show saw Singapore designer Thomas Wee, Japanese Ambassador Haruhisa Takeuchi and American-Vietnamese TV host and celebrity Jeannie Mai in the front row.

"I couldn't sleep after I found out I would be modelling for Fashion Week," said Ong. "I was really excited."

The group helped showcase designs from the top six winners - three Japanese and three locals - of the third Sustainable Fashion Design Contest held last month.

Sunday's event was a fancy and colourful affair - rows of mock houses decorated the sidelines of the runway.

With upbeat music in the background, Wong opened the show decked in a bright orange dress by one of the Japanese winners. She walked steadily, stopping to pose for the cameras while the other five girls stood at the start of the runway.

But behind her calm appearance, the aviation management and services student from Temasek Polytechnic was having the jitters.

"When the doors opened, my heart was racing, as I wasn't expecting such a huge turnout," she told The New Paper.

"But I tried not to show it and gave it my best."

She seemed to be the favourite among the other girls from this year's New Face finals, who were also present to lend their support.

Stella Lee, 21, said Wong had gained in confidence since the finals.

"She was already good, but now she is even better," said the business undergraduate from the Singapore Institute of Management.

Daniel Boey, the fashion and creative director of the show, commended the girls on their performance.

"I felt like a proud father," he said.

"If the girls had walked this well in the (New Face) finals, there would have been a six-way tie."

shereeni@sph.com.sg


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